Sunday Working Rule To Be Removed On Porthcressa Project

Contractors working on the Porthcressa Regeneration Project have requested a change to the planning conditions that restrict the use of heavy machinery on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Kier Western says that keeping the restrictions, which limit the use of machinery between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm on these days, will result in an extended project timescale and so prolong the impact on local residents and businesses.

The Council recently said the project was on-track despite encountering unexpected snags with the work.

Diana Mompoloki from the Council’s Economic Development Department, says Kier will continue to work a 10-days-on, 4-days-off shift pattern, which means there will be no working every other weekend, but the restriction on Sunday working means they lose a day every two weeks.

Removing it will shorten the timeline by over three weeks.

She admits there have been complaints about the apparent lack of work taking place on Sundays and says it’s hard for the builders to work without using their heavy machinery.

From Radio Scilly

Porthcressa Project update from Radio Scilly

Diana says reaction from the local community has been mixed, but they’ve actually received more letters for the change than those against.

There will be no work until 10am on those days, which she says means people will still be able to get a lie-in.

She’s also spoken to the company about keeping noise to a minimum if the restriction is removed.

In an update on the project, the Council say the underfloor drains for the new library have now been installed along with 50% of the floor slab, with works continuing on the cantilever viewing platform.

The granite setts forming the circular feature next to Sibleys have also been laid.


3 Responses to Sunday Working Rule To Be Removed On Porthcressa Project

  1. maggiemay April 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    What is going on? It has been reported that the project is on track – now a request for a variation on the use of machiney on Sundays etc, There has been no activity since last Wednesday (18th) through to today (23rd) and at 10.30am still no sign of any workforce. It is said that the men work so many days on and then have four days off -perhaps the residents of Porthcressa should request a variation in the workforces’ schedule so that they can actually get on with the job without Sunday disturbances. Bring more men in and get on with it and let us have one day of the week without noise pollution. 10.55am and work has just now commenced!! The house is on the move (shaking). Cannot imagine Council will have any consideration for the residents – whole set up is a “Catch 22” situation.

  2. Todd Stevens April 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    The rules were ‘no sunday working on this project’. Why should the locals be made to suffer if they fall behind schedule. Why? -because the Council do not give a hoot how people feel.

  3. The Voice of Reason April 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    ‘Kier Group is a leading construction, services and property group specialising in building and civil engineering, support services, public and private house building, property development and structured property financing.

    The Group employs nearly 11,000 people worldwide and has an annual revenue of £2.2bn.

    Whatever a customer requires at any stage of the built environment life cycle, one or more of our businesses can bring them solutions, individually or combined, locally or nationally. Our network of over 50 regional offices and our strong local relationships ensure that we can supply both the skills and the resources to meet customer demands, any time, anywhere’

    Well there you are from the Kier website – if they can’t organise a small job like this without effective project management it’s a poor show. Get some more of those 11,000 people over here and don’t ruin our Sundays and more importantly the visitors !